Of all the sports that the WPIAL committees have to seed, baseball has to be the toughest. The weather plays a big factor – despite the best intentions, committee members can't necessarily see the teams they want to and that same weather can make records deceiving. The weather can condense the schedule forcing playoff teams – or their opponents – to go deeper into the pitching staff than desired and, come playoff time, that inconvenience is gone.
As a result, seedings don't necessarily plot the path to the championships as they do in other sports (even softball who fights the same weather but not the same pitching issues).
Given that scenario, Hopewell looks to be in a very opportune position in Class AAA. The Vikings will play 9-win Mount Pleasant in the first round and then a win would get either Mars (12) or Indiana (9). No other local team can reach the semis without playing at least one team with 13 regular season wins or more.
In Class AA, Riverside is in a quadrant with three other 10-win teams and, in Class A, OLSH is in a quadrant with a 9-win team (Jeannette), a 10-win team (Carmichaels), and an 11-win team (Union).